• FIVE POWERFUL WAYS A COLLEGE DEGREE CAN

    TRANSFORM YOUR LIFE AND LIFESTYLE

     

    You may know or be able to think of individuals who are successful but have never gone to college. However, your odds of success are much higher if you attend college. There are many statistics available that prove this.

     

    For most students who go to college, the increase in their lifetime earnings far outweighs the costs of their education. That’s a powerful argument for college. But more income is by no means the only positive outcome you can expect. The knowledge, fulfillment, self-awareness, and broadening of horizons that come from a college experience can transform your life — and the lives of those around you — in other equally valuable ways. More security, better health, closer family and stronger community, in addition to greater wealth, are the real value of a college education.

     

     

    1. GREATER WEALTH I will buy a car. A home. The latest fashions. I will travel the world. Going to college costs you money, but not going can cost you even more. Statistics show that the more education you get, the more money you are likely to make. The U.S. Census Bureau’s 2011 American Community Survey reveals that over an adult’s working life, average total earnings were as follows: 
      1. High school graduate = $1.3 million
      2. Some college = $1.6 million
      3. Associate's degree = $1.8 million
      4. Bachelor’s degree = $2.4 million
      5. Master’s degree = $2.8 million 
    2. MORE SECURITY I will stand on my own two feet. I will be able to take care of my family through both good times and bad. Statistics show that unemployment rates drop in direct relationship to how much education you receive. In addition, the more education you get, the more money you are likely to make. Keep in mind education is an investment in your future.
    3. BETTER HEALTH and HAPPINESS I will have the energy to juggle work and family. To keep up with my friends. To enjoy the world around me. People who attend college:
      1. Report they have more job satisfaction than those who did not attend
      2. Typically live healthier lifestyles, and are more likely to have access to employer provided benefits including: medical insurance, retirement plans, and paid time off 
      3. Finally, talk with people who have gone to college—most will tell you it was fun
    4. CLOSER FAMILY I will pass my experiences on to my children. I will inspire them to achieve even more than I do.
    5. STRONGER COMMUNITY I will bring people together. I will speak on their behalf. I will make change happen. People who attend college:
      1. Are more involved in their communities through higher levels of volunteering and voting